Pre-Game Report: Knicks vs Magic 1.16.12

Orlando Magic (8-3) at New York Knicks (6-6)

1:00 PM EST, January 16, 2012

Madison Square Garden New York, NY

TV: MSG TV

Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio

Magic Projected Starting Line-up:

PG: Jameer Nelson
SG: Jason Richardson
SF: Hedo Turkoglu
PF:Ryan Anderson
C:  Dwight Howard

Key Reserves: Chris Duhon, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick, Quentin Richardson

The Knicks are coming home after a terrible short road trip to Memphis and Oklahoma City which ended in blow-out losses. The Magic have started off great, they’re 8-3 and 4th overall in the East.

Match-Ups: Dwight Howard vs Amare Stoudemire

Superman vs STAT – despite the constant Howard trade rumors he has managed to have one his best statistical starts ever, including breaking Walt Chamberlain’s all-time record for free throw attempts with 39. Adversely Stoudemire has been struggling to find his dominating scoring ways, during the two losses against Memphis and OKC. he had a combined 20 points.

Rookie Watch:

Knicks – Iman Shumpert will make his 5th start at the point-gaurd position, his shooting struggles continue, but his defensive effort is needed. Expect him to play alot of minutes today. Josh Harrellson is becoming a nice fit off the bench for the Knicks, he’s found his nitch, the corner three can be a useful weapon for the team today.

Injury Report:

Knicks – Baron Davis OUT, Carmelo Anthony QUESTIONABLE

Magic – Jason Richardson – bone bruise, left knee, day-to-day, Quentin Richardson – sprained left ankle, questionable

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